By Jaymie Mordue
The Patrick County Music Association (PCMA) will host their Christmas show at the Rotary Building on Woodland drive in Stuart on Dec 8.
The doors open at 4:45 p.m. and the music begins at 5 p.m., starting with Chords of Faith, followed by Country Boys at 6 p.m., and finishing with Southern Prophets at 7 p.m.
Food is available and provided by the Patrick County Shooting Team.
Denny Alley, organizer, previously said that he is looking forward to making sure that everyone knows that the Christmas show is one of their biggest events. The event is staring a popular blue grass gospel band, the Southern Prophets.
The group, not having performed together in a few years, starring Bobby Gardner, Duane George and Mike Hall, decided to reunite and perform for the Christmas show.
This will be their first appearance since the death of their lead member, Denny Archer.
Another group taking the stage at the event is the Country Boys and Johnny Joyce. They have been performing for 43 years.
“That’s the longest running band, if you can see a bluegrass band twice in a year and they’ve got the same five faces, they’ve had a good year, not 40 something years,” Alley has said. The group has been a “tremendous inspiration” for the talent in this area.
The Chords of Faith, a band that specializes in Christmas music also will be showcased at the event.
“These are three of the best acts on stage that people will get to see anywhere,” Alley said.
Having the Christmas show earlier in the month was done in the hopes of not interfering with families and their holiday gatherings, Alley said.
Following the Christmas show, the PCMA will host their second annual Banjothon on Jan. 19.
The PCMA is a good outlet to showcase what we have here, Alley said. “We don’t want our people to have to drive far away to do that,” said Alley, adding that the association works to preserve the talent in our area.
“Anything we can do to keep music and talent alive in our county is what we are trying to pursue. It’s kind of what we stand for, what we’ve always been about,” Alley said
PCMA shows are held monthly. There is no admission, but donations are accepted.